Under the general supervision of the laboratory Principal Investigator, the Staff Research Assistant's major functions will be to evaluate targeted nuclease-mediated genome editing in primary human cells (hematopoietic cells, T cells) by performing supportive research techniques such as cell culture, DNA and RNA isolation, PCR analysis, and molecular cloning. The ideal candidate will be a highly-motivated, detail-oriented scientist with a flexible schedule and the ability to work independently and quickly while also managing responsibilities from multiple projects.
Please note, this is a full-time, 18 month limited position that may convert to career.
Required Skills, knowledge, and abilities:
Demonstrated skill with tissue culture procedures for multiple cell types: both cell lines and hematopoietic stem cells.
Experience with preparing, running, and analyzing cell samples by flow cytometry. Experience with Diva software highly desired.
Knowledge of laboratory safety procedures associated with the handling and disposal of chemicals and chemical waste, and biohazards and biohazardous waste.
Strong organization skills to maintain detailed laboratory protocols, ordering information, and inventories of reagents.
Advanced molecular biology techniques. Skills in PCR, DNA and RNA isolation.
Strong skills in computing cell concentrations, solution preparation, and other needed mathematical calculations.
Excellent communication skills (written, oral) to maintain lab protocols, notebooks, and to prepare and make research presentations in lab meetings.
Organizational skills with strong attention to detail and flexibility to manage multiple tasks with competing deadlines.
Maintain a flexible schedule to accommodate non-customary timing constraints of experiments.
Ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working conditions
Relationships with other staff members and students.
B.S. degree in Biological Sciences.
UCLA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.